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1755 50th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1064
(515) 223-6700
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Des Moines, Iowa
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89 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn't busy. So fast seating and service. Food was plentiful. Onion rings were tasty. Restroom were clean.

Thank leymas
Ames, Iowa
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137 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

My wife and I have eaten at The Tavern several times, the latest being a couple of days ago. We simply love their pizza, specifically, their thin crust pizza. We have never tried their deep dish. I suppose we should sometime, huh? It is just too hard to pass up the thin! Pizzas arrive at the table with plenty of... More 

Bel Air, Maryland
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162 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Came here for lunch with a co-worker. Had the special, a 7" cheese pizza with mushrooms. For $7.75, the pizza came with a soft drink and a salad. The pizza was good, but not the best. At this price, though, I can't complain.

Thank jerrys01
Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

I grew up on Tavern pizza. And although this location does not have the same quaint pizzeria feel their original Valley Junction location has, it is a fun place. It is designed for good times out with friends and family, or a casual date. Kids are welcome, and do not feel underfoot. Get the onion rings and eggplant parm. Trust... More 

Thank slfiscusalbracht
Humboldt, Iowa
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

I've had 3 meals here recently and two were quite good. I think the breaded tenderloin would have been good if they hadn't slathered it with ketchup and mustard. That ruined it for me and it was not described as such in the menu. So if you go there and get a tenderloin and like it plain, be sure to... More 

Thank Jerry S
Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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246 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016

Decades ago I visited the original Tavern, and it had its own unique, funky, homey atmosphere. This reincarnation is new and was close to our hotel. It's modern and large and with all of the TVs, is basically another sports bar. We ate there on a night that a blizzard was predicted, so it was almost empty. The menu was... More 

Thank dsm_99
West Des Moines, Iowa
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57 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The original Tavern on 5th Street in West Des Moines was, at one time, rated the absolutely best pizza restaurant in the metropolitan area. This location on 50th serves great food but the service is spotty and the kitchen and bar area could use a good cleaning. Not sure how they are able to stay open.

Thank BeverlyBray
Marion, Iowa, United States
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

We were able to walk to this restaurant from the hotel, they serve a variety of pasta , pizza etc. Service was good, fast, and friendly. The food was excellent.

Thank Jeffrey D
Mayview, Missouri
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118 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I ordered a 10" pizza with sausage and pepperoni. It was really good. I didn't want to eat anything chain since I was visiting the area. I was impressed. There was a lot of toppings. The sausage wasn't spicy at all...it could have been a little bit more for me. But, the sauce was sweet...thin crust was perfect. I wasn't... More 

Thank farmtravelers
Des Moines, Iowa
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

If you like thin pizza, the Tavern if the place for you. The original Tavern has been a Valley Junction staple for decades. It used to be just that...a tavern that sold pizza complete with a pool table. The pool table has long since gone, but the best pizza remains. They have a full menu now but go for the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1755 50th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1064
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: (515) 223-6700

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?